Awards and Fellowships

Corson French Prize

The Corson French Prize was founded in 1902 by Hiram Corson in memory of his wife Caroline Rollin Corson. The prizes will be awarded to the most distinguished essays on a subject in either French philology or French literature. It carries an award of $1,150 for the first prize winners and $650 for the second prize winners. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit an essay, and they will be assessed separately. Prior winners are not eligible.

All entries must be written in French, and may either be original essays or essays originally submitted for a course (in this case, they should be retyped, and all appropriate corrections and emendations made). In the introductory paragraph, candidates should state clearly and succinctly the thesis they are arguing in the essay.

Candidates should sign their essays with a fictitious name, and simply indicate their status (undergraduate or graduate). The real name of the competitor is to be enclosed in a sealed envelope attached to the entry.

Please submit your entry to Cal Hile in K165 Klarman Hall during normal business hours.

Deadline: April 26, 2024.

French Awards

Juliette MacMonnies Courant Memorial Prize
Awarded to a senior woman who is a French undergraduate major and who has made the best record in her four years with special reference to facility of expression in French.

Ted Morris Prize
Awarded to a first or second year student who shows great promise for the study of French language and literature.  A student should not receive the award if s/he has special linguistics background that would give him or her undue advantage over other students.  A previous winner of the prize is not eligible.

Spanish Awards

J.G. White Spanish Prize
Three prizes are offered annually based on an exam offered at the end of the Spring semester.  The first is awarded to an undergraduate for excellence in Spanish.  The second is awarded to an undergraduate in the College of Engineering for excellence in Spanish.  The third prize is awarded to an undergraduate from a Spanish-speaking country or Puerto Rico for excellence in English. 

J.G. White Spanish Scholarship
Each year a J. G. White Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate who does superior work in Spanish.  Faculty members identify and nominate students they consider best qualified for the Scholarship.  Only sophomore and junior Spanish majors are eligible.
Candidates’ general knowledge of the language, including its structure and literature, is a major factor in determining the recipient, as is the prospect for continued use of Spanish in her/his future career, maintaining proficiency in the language, and interest in Hispanic culture.  Character and economic needs are also taken into account.  Candidates must have completed a minimum of two terms of successful work in Spanish at Cornell or be registered in a second term of Spanish.  Previous winners of the J. G. White Scholarship or the J. G. White Prize are not eligible.